KCRW's Martini Shot
By Rob Long
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Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."
||Do It Right||Everything can work, there?s nothing that audiences won?t like. As long as it?s good...||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Where Lucy Died||Rob gets some bad news about a project and, like all writers, he can only think about one thing: where is he going to eat?||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||This Is a Dialogue||We have a very good creative dialogue in which only one person gets to talk. In other words, we get notes on our script.||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Secret||A new app Rob thinks everyone in Hollywood ? or at least everyone in his address book ? should have. It's called Secret and it's a way to...||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maximized||Rob runs into an old PA at lunch. Twenty years ago, he was clueless, sweaty and doughy. Now he?s sleek and successful, and Rob?s a little sweaty and doughy and clueless.||2/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Very Superstitious||Looking for signs. When the phone rings and you're doing something cool, it's good news. When it rings and you're taking out the trash, don't answer it.||1/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Resolution||For 2014, get stuff done on time, be prompt, in other words, to be a completely different kind of person.||1/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||That Wouldn't Happen||A really cool way to steal a lot of money from ATM's. Only trouble is, according to law enforcement, it could never work in real life...||1/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Spoiler Alert||Ruining the ending to an old movie, and old play and World War II. Spoiler alert!||1/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||My Friend's Place||Dreams about winning the lottery. Or, daydreaming about winning the lottery, which happens a lot more often.||12/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Check the Gates||What every single producer, writer, or director in the entertainment business has done since the beginning -- irritate one?s editor with stupid questions.||12/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Karma||A lesson about karmic justice. It doesn't exist in the entertainment industry...||11/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Pile of Clothes||Rob sorts through his clothes, like some kind of archaeologist sifting through ancient ruins. What he discover is?||11/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Not Too Fat||A conversation with a movie producer about how fat is too fat in a presidential candidate. In other words, does a possible President Chris Christie make me look thinner?||11/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rough Cut||Sitting in the parking lot of an editing facility, Rob tries to gin up the courage to watch a rough cut. He eventually finds it, but only because it's a contractual obligation.||11/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||I Love New York||When stand-up comedians are completely out of material, resort to two basic topics: the differences between men and women, and the differences between New York and LA.||10/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Good Luck Charms||Rob buys a new pen and some socks and carry around a little piece of paper. Good luck charms for a new production.||10/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Not Fat Enough||Rob tries to cast a role for a very large person, but makes a big mistake: he uses the term ?hugely overweight? in the character description. He?ll never do that again.||10/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||AC Lyles||Rob Long remembers AC Lyles, the Mayor of the Paramount lot, and the best-dressed man in show business.||10/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Comedy Version||On today?s Martini Shot I figure out how never to come up with a new idea for a comedy. Just do the funny version of a successful drama.||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Exclusive||Rob speaks truth to power: if a writer surfs the web all day, the writer doesn't get paid. If an executive surfs the web all day, the executive gets promoted?||9/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||You First||The trick to making a sale: you make your pitch, and then you shut up. It's the shutting up part that messes most people up.||9/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ethical Dilemma||Rob faces what can only be described as an ethical dilemma. Which is unusual for him because he doesn't usually have ethics.||8/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||It Actually Is That||Rob talks about the second worst thing in the world: pitching a show the network doesn?t really want. The worst thing, of course, is pitching something they do.||8/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Laugh Track||Rob adds a laugh track to every single sentence he says.||8/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
Funniest look at Hollywood I've heard in a long time
Rob Long almost always hits the bullseye in his take on life in "the business." I only wish this was a daily podcast so I could hear it more often.
I want more, come on!
I really do, I love this pod cast. I grew up in this business if you will, and I am endlessly ammused with Rob's take and description of all of the meeting, the gifts or lack of, the hidden messages masked here and there. I am waiting for the next with wild anticipation.
Interesting, short, and funny - the stories, I mean
Count on Rob Long to deliver some very interesting and funny short stories about what life is like as a writer in Hollywood. R U Listening?